Poor pay and treatment leads to a sharp rise in nurses planning on leaving the profession

A survey of 42,000 members by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), reported in Nursing Notes, has found a sharp rise in the number of nurses considering leaving the profession. It also reveals that concerns about pay are the primary concern for the workforce.

The percentage thinking of leaving the profession has increased to 36%, or more than a third, from 27% at the end of last year.

Of those thinking of leaving, 61% cited pay as a primary factor, with other citing include the way nursing staff have been treated during the COVID-19 pandemic (44%), low staffing levels (43%), and lack of management support (42%).

Full story in Nursing Notes, 17 July 2020